March 22nd, 2011
04:29 PM ET

Syria arrests opposition leader as protests continue

Syrian authorities arrested a prominent rights leader Tuesday as hundreds of anti-government demonstrators marched in southern parts of the country.

Loay Hussein - a political prisoner from 1984 to 1991 - was taken from his home in the Sehnaya district near the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to the country's Observatory for Human Rights.

Hussein had been supporting protesters who marched for a sixth straight day, chanting, "The people want to bring down the regime," a spokesman for the organizers told CNN from the southern city of Daraa.

The organizers are planning a day of mass protests across the southern province on Friday, he added. The United Nations Human Rights office has reported that six people have been killed by security forces in the southern city of Daraa - where protesters have marched - since Friday.

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  1. chrissy

    and banassy girl dont think i didnt notice your protective spirit come out earlier cuz i did. ya kinda get a good picture who your friends are when your under fire and thank you guys. now about that canoeing trip we talked about awhile

    March 23, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. moutaz

    bashar assad is a good president but the circle around him needs a change

    March 24, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kevin

    Lets pray for all the Muslim revolutionarys wanting Peace, and Freedom in all these Muslim countrys, they just want the same chances to grow, and fly with there families, to make there country a place where people want to come and visit, to live to love..Its amazing the courage there showing..Pray for there safety!

    March 25, 2011 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
    • aka_Specs

      Nope, no they don't. I'm tired of seeing these countries burn our flags and chanting "Death to America" and referring to us as "Crusaders" and "Infidels". I feel no love or compassion. Let them destroy themselves and ensure the News gets it in HD quality (maybe have Pay-Per-View charge extra for the really gory violence).

      March 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. aka_Specs

    Syria, Iraq, Iran Saudia Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar...none of these countries 'care about America' or 'Western interests'...they care about your money...and that's about it. These same countries have for years (more like decades) chanted "Death to America" burned your flags and call us 'Crusaders' and 'Infidels'. I feel no compassion. I guarantee that whoever holds the power cards in the end...terrorism will still reign supreme and truly...nothing good will be accomplished, except the continued establishment of organized transnational terrorism.

    March 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
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